23 Jun '11, 11am

Vietnam says to hold joint naval drill with US #news #vietnam

HANOI - VIETNAM and the United States are to hold joint naval exercises, Hanoi said on Thursday as regional tensions simmer over territorial claims in the South China Sea. 'The coming joint exercise between the Vietnamese and US navies is an annual event,' foreign ministry spokesman Nguyen Phuong Nga told reporters. She did not give a date for the training but said it would 'promote relations between the two navies, carry out humanitarian activities and exchange concerning professional matters, as well as search and rescue operations.' Former wartime enemies the US and Vietnam normalised relations in 1995 and have been rapidly building relations across a wide range of areas - in part due to a spike in tensions between Beijing and Hanoi. US Navy ships have occasionally visited Vietnam in recent years. Tensions between China and other claimants to strategically important wat...

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